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Pokemon Sword and Shield Remains Atop the Japanese Charts, Switch Sells 236,625 Units

Pokemon Sword and Shield Remains Atop the Japanese Charts, Switch Sells 236,625 Units - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 18 December 2019 / 4,216 Views

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield sold 231,578 units at retail in its fifth week of release in Japan, according to Famitsu for the week ending December 15. The figure includes physical game copies, download cards, and the Double Pack. It does not include digital figures. The game has now sold 2,456,459 units in Japan.

Project Sakura Wars (PS4) debuted in second place with sales of 140,376. it is the only game in the top 10 not on the Nintendo Switch.

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling platform with 236,625 units sold. The PlayStation 4 sold 11,216 units, the 3DS sold 3,694 units. The Xbox One sold 522 units and the PlayStation Vita sold 51 units. 

Here is the complete top 10 chart:

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [NSW] Pokemon Sword / Shield (The Pokemon Company, 11/15/19) – 231,578 (2,456,459)
  2. [PS4] Project Sakura Wars (Limited Edition Included) (Sega, 12/12/19) – 140,376 (New)
  3. [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo, 10/18/19) – 57,746 (386,257)
  4. [NSW] Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Nintendo, 10/31/19) – 48,449 (367,746)
  5. [NSW] Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (Sega, 11/01/19) – 26,677 (103,857)
  6. [NSW] Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (Bundle Version Included) (Microsoft, 06/21/18) – 25,036 (1,063,127)
  7. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) – 22,376 (2,580,291)
  8. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo, 12/07/18) – 21,135 (3,383,582)
  9. [NSW] Tsuri Spirits Nintendo Switch Version (Bandai Namco, 07/25/19) – 20,932 (264,845)
  10. [NSW] Super Mario Maker 2 (Nintendo, 06/28/19) – 19,466 (739,734)

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Ljink96 (on 18 December 2019)

Pretty decent opening for Sakura Wars. I also really want to know Pokemon's digital sales but I guess we'll never know.

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Gemmol31 Ljink96 (on 18 December 2019)

First 3 days of launch Nintendo said 640k digital in japan alone this was like a month ago and it’s been number one on the eshop since then.......I would assume it’s over a million digital maybe close to 1.5 million or more

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Chicho (on 18 December 2019)

Pokemon will surpass Mario kart in another week. I might end up being the switch best selling game by the end of the year beating Splatoon and Smash.

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Zenos (on 18 December 2019)

Switch really is killing it over there. Makes sense, really - Nintendo is the only Japanese company left out of the Big 3.

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PEEPer0nni Zenos (on 18 December 2019)

... that makes handhelds

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Zenos Zenos (on 18 December 2019)

And consoles. Sony is now more of a Western publisher with Western style games.

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